by Robert Murray / photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
October 20, 2013, LANGFORD, BC (ISN) – With the title already wrapped up, Argentina finished off the 2013 Americas Rugby Championship with a 23-14 victory over Canada ‘A’ at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C on Saturday night.
Conor Trainor and Mike Scholz scored for Canada but two successfully converted tries by Argentina while Canada was down to fourteen men in the first half proved to be the difference in the game.
Solid team defence by Canada would keep things close against a strong Argentina squad in the final game of the IRB Americas Rugby Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Sebastian Poet kicked off the scoring early in the game with a penalty goal to give Argentina an early 3-0 edge.
Canada quickly regained momentum thanks to Mike Scholz who burst into the try zone just moments later and gave Canada a 7-3 edge after Jack Fitzpatrick successfully made his first conversion attempt of the night.
With Canada down to 14 men towards the end of the end of the first half, Argentina seized the opportunity and scored two tries in a matter of minutes to put the score at 17-7 heading into the half.
Canada’s Jamie Mckenzie stops Argentina’s Facundo Barrea from breaking free during Saturday evening’s IRB Americas Rugby Championship game at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Coming out of the break, Canada regained their 15th man and the momentum in the game. Although neither team was able to score for the first portion of the second half, Canada kept the Argentinean side on their feet.
Canada received a boost in the 66th minute from Conor Trainor.
Connor Trainor is all smiles after picking off a pass and finding nothing but open field in front of him, during final game of the IRB Americas Rugby Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
While Argentina was harmlessly passing the ball across the field, Trainor stepped in and picked off a pass intended for an Argentinean player.
With nothing but the posts to stop him, Trainor dove into the try zone and cut the lead to just three points following the third successful kick in as many attempts for Fitzpatrick.
Joe Dolesau finds a little breathing room down the sidelines during Canada’s match with Argentina. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Matias Diaz of Argentina is meet by Canada’s greeting committee led by Adam Kleeberger. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Canada kept up the intensity for the remaining time, coming close to scoring the game-winning try on several occasions.
Penalties hampered Canada’s ability to advance the ball towards the closing moments of the game and with the sure foot of reserve Patricio Fernández, Argentina made two consecutive penalty goals to increase their lead to nine and put the game out of reach.
With the loss, Canada finishes the tournament in third place with a 1-2 record and four points. Argentina remained perfect at the Americas Rugby Championship and claimed their fourth straight title.
Tries: Scholz, Trainor
Conversion: Fitzpatrick 2
Tries: Rojas, Lancuba
Conversion: Poet 2
Penalty: Poet, Fernández 2
Canada’s Roster to Face Argentina:
- 1- Doug Wooldridge, (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
- 2- Ray Barkwill, (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
- 3- Jake Illnicki, (Williams Lake Rustlers/Auckland Colts) Williams Lake, BC
- 4- Callum Morrison, (UBCOC Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
- 5- Aaron Flagg, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
- 6- Kyle Gilmour, (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) Edmonton, AB
- 7- Adam Kleeberger, (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) White Rock, BC
- 8- Zac Coughlan, (Swilers RFC/The Rock) St. John’s, NL
- 9- Jamie Mackenzie, (UVIC Vikes/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
- 10- Pat Parfrey, (Swilers RFC/The Rock) St. John’s, NL
- 11- Jordan Wilson-Ross, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
- 12- Mike Scholz, (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) London, ON
- 13- Conor Trainor, (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
- 14- Joe Dolesau, (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
- 15- Jack Fitzpatrick, (Dublin University Football Club) Dublin, Ireland
- 16- Micha Gorvorchin, (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) New Westminster, BC
- 17- Djustice Sears-Duru, (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
- 18- Ryan March, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
- 19- Henry (Hank) McQueen, (Balmy Beach/Ontario Blues) West Vancouver, BC
- 20- Matt Heaton, (SABRFC/The Rock) Godmanchester, QC
- 21- Sean White, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
- 22- Guiseppe Du Toit, (Uvic Vikes) Maple Ridge, BC
- 23- Adam McQueen, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Canmore, AB
- Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
- Assistant Coach: Chris Silverthorn
- Scrum Coach: Mike Shelley
- Manager: Mark Winokur
- Performance Analyst: Calum Ramsay
- Strength and Conditioning Coach: Andy Evans
- Physiotherapist: Danielle Mah
- Athletic Therapist: Jessica Smith
- Media Coordinator: Bryan Kelly
Argentina roster for Canada
- 1- Ignacio Sáenz Lancuba
- 2- Martín García Veiga (Capitán)
- 3- Matías Díaz
- 4- Matías Alemanno
- 5- Guido Petti Pagadizábal
- 6- Lucas Paschini
- 7- Martín Chiappesoni
- 8- Francisco Panessi
- 9- Pedro Imhoff
- 10- Sebastián Poet
- 11- Juan Cappiello
- 12- Javier Rojas
- 13- Juan Ignacio Brex
- 14- Facundo Barrea
- 15- Ramiro Moyano
- 16- Julián Montoya
- 17- Roberto Tejerizo
- 18- Esteban Viale
- 19- Juan Gerineau
- 20- Fidel Lamy
- 21- Gonzalo Bertranou
- 22- Patricio Fernández
- 23- Matías Orlando